The Bible has much to say about a Spirit-filled life. Every believer wants to be filled with God’s Spirit and the truth is they are. Today we are going to look at what a Spirit-filled life looks like. As you read, consider whether these traits are visible in your own life. If not, pray to our Father and ask Him to help you remove the obstacles preventing this kind of life.
Marked by Humility
Believers who are well aware of their own sin are much more likely to be forgiving of another’s sin. They are not judging, critical or condemning for they themselves know they are sinners too. They extend mercy and grace to others because they’ve received mercy and grace from God. Humble people tend to lack pride, self-promotion and wanting their own way.
Considered to be Loving
A loving person is one who is servant-hearted and considers others above themselves. First Corinthians 13:4-8 NKJV says this about love: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.”
Confident in God
The Spirit-filled believer is confident in God’s ability as proven by what God has already done in their life. They know they are forgiven, a huge miracle in itself. They are not bound by past sins because Christ has already paid the price for those sins. Praying without ceasing is commonplace in this person’s life because they have experienced the power of God and subsequently know how to depend on God for everything.
Obedient to God
The believer who practices daily living God’s commands is considered to be obedient. This individual knows there is safety and security in submitting to the authority of God. The one goal of the believer is to love God with all their body, soul, mind and strength and love others as themselves (Luke 10:27). The obedient disciple of Christ will deny self, carry their cross and follow Him daily by putting off the old sinful nature and purposing putting on the new Spirit-directed nature (Luke 9:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
In summary a Spirit-filled life will be evident by the spiritual fruit we see in their lives. Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV lists the type of fruit produced by the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” If you are feeling discouraged about your progress, do not be deceived but rather cast those thoughts away from you. Remember no one lives the Spirit-filled life perfectly in this life, but as believers we are called to yearn for it. God is the one working in us to transform us to His image and He’s not done with us yet.
Lord, we thank you for saving us from a life of sin and for giving us you’re Spirit to guide us into truth to live for you. Thank you for your life-giving word equipping us to live godly lives until Christ returns. May we bring glory by allowing the Spirit to produce its fruit in our lives. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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